The Indian team (Adelaide Test Team) suffered a crushing defeat in the Adelaide Test. The loss had an effect on the morale of the players. A new tension knocked on the door with that defeat. Team India arrived in Australia with the dream of defeating the Test series, but India started well but on the third day of the match, 70 minutes of play changed all the plans. Forgetting that defeat in front of Team India, it was time for a new beginning. But in the second Test, Indian captain Virat Kohli and fast bowler Mohammad Shami were not part of the team.
Rahane played his role
Now the team management had a big question that how team India will finally hit Australia (Ajinkya Rahane) in the second Test match. Ajinkya Rahane was now the army hero of the team. The duty of a captain is not just to play better but also to make the team motiveweight. Rahane had double pressure in the absence of captain Kohli (Virat Kohli). The first is that after forgetting Adelaide, Team India landed in Melbourne with positive intentions and second that the absence of Virat Kohli was the strongest pillar of the team.
How did Rahane appear in the field
The first day’s play started in Melbourne. The eyes were fixed on Captain Rahane. Rahane was also spreading his eyes everywhere like a vigilant captain. Today we are not talking about statistics here, only we will understand the policies of Rahane. Rahane kept a constant dialogue with his teammates and especially the bowlers. The result was that Australia were all out for 195 runs. Mohammed Siraj, who was making his debut in the match, looked distraught for bowling. But captain Rahane was aware of the condition of the pitch. He asked Siraj to be patient. Siraj listened to the captain then started fielding back.
Rahane tested the pitch
It was the result of skipper Rahane’s understanding that the bowlers of India dazzled the Kangaroos a lot. In the first session of the first day, the bowlers took advantage of the humidity and Australia’s wickets fell. Rahane’s decision to bowl with Ashwin and Bumrah proved to be absolutely right here. After lunch, Rahane handed over the ball to Mo. To Siraj. Even one of his plans was working behind this. There was moisture in the pitch in the morning and evening, Rahane wanted to take advantage of this and take the wicket as soon as the team will come under pressure. After lunch, Siraj made pressure by throwing a dot ball continuously and then took the wicket of Marnus Labushen who had settled at the crease.
Amazing even in batting
Now it was the turn to bat. Captain Rahane also came in batting and played a century. Seeing the captaincy of Rahane, the world’s legendary cricketers praised him. His field setting was praised by Ricky Ponting, Sunil Gavaskar to VVS Laxman. After this, the way Rahane behaved was a compliment. Captain Kohli is quite aggressive on the field. But each captain has his own style of how he keeps pace with his teammates.
AUS vs IND 2nd Test Day 2: Kangaroo bowler defeated due to Ajinkya
Kohli’s poor form
Now let’s talk about the records here. Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has finished the year without any international century for the first time in 12 years in his cricket career. Although India is scheduled to play the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne against Australia from December 26, Kohli will not be a part of that match as he will return home due to the birth of his first child.
It happened after 12 years
Kohli finished the year without a century for the last time at the time of his debut in 2008. However, he played only five matches that year. But this time he has played 22 international matches. India has not played a match for nearly nine months this year due to Corona. This is the first time since 2009 that Kohli has played less than 22 matches. He has hit seven half-centuries this year.
Century of kohli
Kohli had seven centuries and 14 half-centuries in 2019, 11 centuries and nine half-centuries in 2018, and 11 centuries and 10 half-centuries in 2017. The Indian captain missed out on scoring three times during his tour of Australia this year. Apart from this, he also scored 74 runs in the first innings of the first day-night test. Kohli has scored five half-centuries in ODIs this year and one half-century in Tests and T20s.
Rahane made a record with a century
This is Ajinkya Rahane’s second Test century, which he scored while playing in Melbourne. He thus became the second Indian batsman to have two centuries on the MCG. Before them, this record was in the name of Veenu Mankad. This is the first time since 1985 that India has taken the lead in the first two Test matches in Australia. Australia were bowled out for 195 in the first innings by the Indian bowlers. Philhas has scored 277 runs for 5 wickets. In this way he has a lead of 82 runs